A small silky black moth about 6 mm long with tufts of scales on the fore wings. On each fore wing was a small gold crescent, about one-third of the distance from the trailing margin. Labial palps were recurved and covered with setae. Some banding in the legs visible.
Spotted under bright lights after a warm day near a national park (Dandenong Ranges)
My thanks to Cathy Powers who has identified this beauty as Bondia nigella. Family: Carposinidae
( Please add Bondia nigella. Thank you.)
Locally rare species. Similar to Swamp Gum but with rough bark over most of the tree except the smaller branches (<10cm diameter). Smaller leaves and fruits than swamp gum and buds with distinct pedicel.
A large brown paper-thin fruiting body with a ruffled upper surface and beautiful white pore surface (underside) arising from a damp log. The fruiting body had a very short stipe.
Spotted in a temperate rain forest